Trialling Sinclair Patterns: Gaia Keyhole Tank and Sunset Lounge Pant

 

Project plan:  Sinclair patterns Gaia Keyhole top with Sunset Lounge pant patterns.  Fabrics are a printed cotton-lycra knit & denim look recycled poly knit

I was immediately drawn to the design of the Gaia Keyhole Top by Sinclair Patterns.  The design of the back is quite unique and a nice variation on a plain knit tank.  Last year I’d downloaded their Sunset Lounge Pant when it was offered as a freebie but hadn’t got around to using it.

This was another pattern co that uses the tester promotional model of heaps of tester photos/glowing reviews when a new pattern is released. Usually it is a turn off for me, but I had received a survey from the pattern co a while ago that looked like they where genuinely looking for constructive feedback.  So I decided to give the top a go and make up the pants as well.  I’m glad I did.

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Making lemonade

Doing a happy dance. I pulled apart the top that I made last week and was able to remake into something I love. The pattern I’ve used is Knipmode Top 11 July 2019. That collar!! To make the best use of the fabric, I used with the peplum from Dress #10. Just love how this turned out. Yay!!!!

Knipmode Top 11 July 2019 with peplum from design #10.
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Trialling Designer Stitch Patterns: Donelle Top and Harper Pants

I had seen a few of the tester makes of the Donelle Top by Designer Stitch and I’d been tempted by the Harper Pant before. They are a Aussie pattern co, which is nice to see, so I decided to give them a try.

Normally I’m a but dubious about seeing heaps of tester photos, all with glowing reviews, when a new pattern is released. They strike me as being more promotional than actually testing the pattern. So many of the Indie pattern companies use this model. Usually, that is a turn-off for me. I’m curious if you feel the same?

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Something to brighten up a dull day…

I saw this bold bright brushstroke knit at The Remnant Warehouse and just couldn’t resist. Love the lime cotton knit too. Both nice for a pop of colour on a grey day.

The wrap knit wasn’t as successful – way to deep in the neckline. The tucked piece doesn’t have enough spread in the pattern piece and distorts the waist seamline. Continue reading “Something to brighten up a dull day…”

Graffiti jacquard bomber jacket

This project has been in the pipe-line for a while so it is nice to see it finished and finally blogged. I wanted to make a bomber/varsity jacket from a ‘graffiti’ jacquard fabric but finding the right pattern wasn’t as easy as I first thought. There is something about jacquard fabrics that I can’t resist. This one is from Elliot Berman Textiles. Continue reading “Graffiti jacquard bomber jacket”

Butterick 5988 Revisited

Floral Top

Last year I made a rayon top using Butterick 5988. I loved the design as it is a nice alternative to a fitted woven T. The waist darts release into a box pleat which gives a slight peplum look. It was a very wearable muslin, but I had taken the side seams in quite a lot during fitting but the shoulders still felt very big.

Butterick 5988 Print Top (view B with view A length)

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Two for Tuesday: Kwik Sew 3658 knit tops

I was looking for a top pattern to work with the knit below.  It was purchased to make a knock-off of a top that I’d seen on Polvore (so sad the site is no longer running) that looked so similar to McCalls 6991.  After I bought the pattern, I realised that the front piece is all in one, with the front piece folded at the hem to make the wrap.  This would mean that the wrong, unprinted side of the print would show. 😦 Continue reading “Two for Tuesday: Kwik Sew 3658 knit tops”

A striped linen shirt

I’ve had this project on my wishlist for a while now.  You may have noticed a drawing on this shirt in my “Now Sewing” section of the side bar for some time (since December at least).  Sometimes you can’t rush a project, but with the cooler weather approaching, I finally got around to making it. Continue reading “A striped linen shirt”

SWAP 2019 finished

My SWAP (sewing with a plan) is complete.   This year’s rules required us to choose a colour scheme from an inspiration photo; two neutrals with 2-5 accents and/or prints.  Each item needed to make at least 2 outfits.  While I didn’t need a fully cohesive capsule wardrobe, I did want to plug a few gaps in what I already have, and to add much more colour.  My colour scheme is based on a butterfly print fabric that I had.  Lots of colours to choose from. Continue reading “SWAP 2019 finished”